sick man came to Virginia Tech University campus with two guns
held onto his hatred like the suicide bomber in the streets of Baghdad
two intellectual human beings were cut down
national treasure was abruptly blown up
were shattered instantly
gunfire echoed a voice asking “why take others with you?”
mother cried out for her young pretty Virginia Tech daughter
this a nightmare or a surreal tragedy?
this the end of the world?
mirror for thirty-two families, she wanted not to be.
America mourns alongside the world,
the gunman why he heartlessly destroyed the students’ journeys?
thousand miles away, in the City of Ho Chi Minh
rural Mother cried her heart out seeing her daughter’s picture,
was taken with sixty-six naked young women.
were stripped and examined by a groom-to-be
men came from South Korea searching for wives
voiceless Mother wept, “Oh, God, why has this happened…?”
cannot fathom what Saigon has become since her fall
she is transformed by the Socialist Communist regime of Hanoi
mind what is seen by the eyes of the ordinary tourists
through the faces of the very young girls for sale
ten hundred dollars a female slave for a Taiwanese or a Korean man
Saigon seemingly is insane, “Why has my
the phantoms of 58,000-plus American Viet vets!
permeate my former land with your tears of compassion,
the necks of the cold-hearted merchants.
Mother named Việt Nam is so ashamed
there anything that Hanoi takes pride in?
asks where is God the darkness of Communism?
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